Tanzanian authorities have send back around 900 Mozambican civilians who fled violence in Cabo Delgado province, local media confirmed on Monday. more than 50 people have been killed in northern Mozambique in the last few days by militant Islamists, becoming the latest in a series of fierce attacks in the province since 2017. Militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) turned a football pitch into an execution ground in a village, reports quoted state media and local police.
The Mozambique government has not officially responded to the expulsion of its citizens from Tanzania.The deportees were placed in Negomano administrative posts in Mueda district.
“More than 900 refugees in Tanzania began to be compulsorily transferred to Mozambique, this is a coordinated repatriation”, Cambo Delgado’s province secretary, Mr. Armando Nonga said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mozambique confirmed the deportation.”The figures are increasing. Initially the Tanzanian authorities said that there were 352 people there but when we counted them one by one it was found that they were 836 people. “
Talked with magufuli
On Thursday, Mozambique’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Agostinho do Rosáriosaid he discussed the situation with Tanzanian President John Magufuli after his swearing-in ceremony.
“We exchanged views regarding the political situation, displaced people and terrorism in Mozambique. Both countries know that we have to stand together in this fight against extremism.Tanzania was the target of terrorist attacks from the Mozambique region.Reports suggest that foreign militants from Tanzania and Kenya may be involved in rebels attacking Mozambique’s villages and members of security forces.
Mineralized but full of violence
Located about 1,663 kilometers north of the capital Maputo, Cabo Delgado boasts gold, tourmaline and many other minerals, and multinationals engage in Exxon Mobil and Total Oil and Natural Gas projects.The province has a population of 1,800,196 and 16 districts.
The Mozambique government and the United Nations say the conflict in Cabo Delgado has displaced at least 300,000 people and killed between 1,000 and 2,000 people.The province, which crosses Tanzania’s border, has been the scene of an Islamic uprising by a group calling themselves Ansar Al Sunnah. However, in the area, they are known as Al Shabaab. But it has no known connection to the Somalia-based jihadist group by the same name.Mozambique has been battling Islamists since 2017.
Last week, officials in Mozambique said that at least 40 people died due to the capacity of a 30-passenger ship, while 72 people were taken to the island of Matemo. According to local authorities, inclement weather and surcharges were the main causes of the incident.The people who fled the violence in Cabo Delgado were displaced.
Pemba, the capital of the province, has received displaced people traveling in precarious ships since mid-October.Meanwhile, insurgents have killed 270 people during the last three months in Cabo Delgado.Mozambique police general commander Bernardino Rafael ,who addressed reporters earlier this month, said 50 defense and security forces personnel were injured during a confrontation with the rebels. According to the United Nations, more than 11,200 people have fled the violence in Cabo Delgados province. There is unrest in more than 2,000 people since 2017.